World Series of Poker organisers Harrah's Entertainment released new WSOP rules this week that include a "play nice" provision under the heading "Code of Player Conduct". The rules cover the use of profane language and provocative conduct at the tables, along with restrictions on sponsor logos at televised feature and final tables and an admonition not to engage in any illegal or unethical actions, cheating or collusion, examples of which are provided.
"Civility and courtesy" are expected at the World Series of Poker, the guide reminds players and spectators alike, and that includes "excessive celebration."
For those who transgress, penalties include: forfeiture of chips; forfeiture of prize money; ejection from the tournament; exclusion from future tournaments; exclusion from the property and public exposure of the transgression.
Although the rule against profanity is restricted to language directed at, or about, another player, dealer or tournament staff member, the organisers have left themselves with room to manouevre by including a clause that Harrah's can at any time "…impose a zero-tolerance policy for profane language whether directed at another person or not."
Harrah's has also announced that pre-registration for the 2009 WSOP is now open. There is a cap on the number of contestants that can be accommodated at the biggest land poker championship in the world which runs from May 26 through July 15 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, with the "November Nine" returning to play the Main Event final table November 7-10 as was done in 2008.
Once the maximum number of entrants has been reached in each of the 57 events, that event will be declared a fully booked. "As is now customary, no alternates will be seated," said Jack Effel, WSOP tournament director. "We encourage players to pre-register early to guarantee their seats, which will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis."
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